Read the excerpt from Thoughts and Sentiments. Thanks be to God, I was delivered from Grenada, and that horrid brutal slavery.-A gentleman
Read the excerpt from Thoughts and Sentiments. Thanks be to God, I was delivered from Grenada, and that horrid brutal slavery.-A gentleman coming to England, took me for his servant, and brought me away, where I soon found my situation become more agreeable. After coming to England, and seeing others write and read, I had a strong desire to learn, and getting what assistance I could, I applied myself to learn reading and writing, which soon became my recreation, pleasure, and delight; and when my master perceived that I could write some, he sent me to a proper school for that purpose to learn. Read the excerpt from Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African. The first part of my life was rather unlucky, as I was placed in a family who judged ignorance the best and only security for obedience.-A little reading and writing I got by unwearied application.-The latter part of my life has been-thro’ God’s blessing, truly fortunate, having spent it in the service of one of the best families in the kingdom.-My chief pleasure has been books. In these excerpts, how is Cugoano’s approach similar to Sancho’s approach? Like Sancho, Cugoano demonstrates that he had a difficult beginning as an enslaved person, but then prevailed through luck and perseverance. Like Sancho, Cugoano does not emphasize the horrors of his experiences as an enslaved person, but focuses on his good fortune instead. Like Sancho, Cugoano is thankful to find himself currently in the service of a noble and gracious English family. Like Sancho, Cugoano presents himself as a humble man who is thankful for all of his good fortune and reluctant to make changes.